A busy outdoor pool season in Plano is coming to an end, but the city still has several offerings for folks who want relief from the persistent heat.
The outdoor pools at Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, along with Oak Point Recreation Center and Liberty Recreation Center, will operate this Labor Day weekend through Monday, Sept. 4 before closing for the summer. The Jack Carter Pool closed for the summer on Aug. 13, in part because many of its staff members had to return to school.
“Despite the unseasonable heat, this is standard operating procedure for all city pools as we typically follow Plano ISD’s school schedule,” said Kelley Crimmins, PR and community outreach specialist for Plano Parks & Recreation.
Plano’s indoor pools and the Plano Aquatic Center splash pad, however, will remain open as North Texans await cooler fall weather, Crimmins said. The splash pad at Windhaven Meadows Park will remain open until late October.
The Jack Carter Pool attracted the most people this summer with a total 2023 summer attendance of 61,825. The pool’s busiest day of the year was on June 9 when 1,572 attendees visited. In its first summer of operation, the new outdoor pool at Oak Point Recreation Center welcomed 35,659 visitors. At the Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, also a pickleball destination, the outdoor pool entry point recorded 15,717 total membership scans this summer.
” … This, as well as Oak Point’s numbers, do not include those who may have checked in at the main lobby and walked over to the pool,” Crimmins said.
The new pool facility at the Oak Point Recreation Center opened in late May, just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Plano voters approved $10 million for the project included in the 2017 bond referendum. The facility boasts a dual entry wave pool, a splash pad, elevated play structure, a family leisure pool, shady structures, cabanas for rent and a concessions area.